Vision Bolsters Data Replication, Rebrands Under MIMIX
March 15, 2017 Alex Woodie
Vision Solutions may have moved out of the Windows and Linux high availability market following the sale of its Double-Take business. But the company is still building and supporting software for replicating data to and from these important platforms in real time. And with last month’s release of MIMIX Share 5.4, the Windows and Linux data replication story gets better.
Vision Solutions unapologetically doubled down on its Power Systems HA business following the sale of the Double-Take to Carbonite. With three IBM i-based HA products under its wing — including MIMIX and iTERA HA, which are under development, and the old OMS/ODS, which is not – and an AIX version of MIMIX too, the Irvine, California, company sees large potential for growth in the market for HA software among Power Systems users.
But the company also sees strong growth for data replication software, especially in this big data age. Manual data movement processes involving FTP and ETL scripts tend to strain under the weight of massive volumes of transactional data. And with today’s style of always-on, 24/7/365 commerce, one often lacks the luxury of being able to wait for data to be moved from production databases to analytical data warehouses to extract the insight.
Vision has recognized this, and that’s why it held onto its flagship cross-platform and cross-database data replication product, which was previously called DoubleTake Share, and which it has now rebranded under the MIMIX brand. MIMIX Share, as the product is now called, brings a solid reputation for providing real time change data capture (CDC) capabilities, and is likely almost as big of a contributor as the core HA products are to Vision’s bottom line.
In early February, Vision unveiled an updated version of MIMIX Share. Version 5.4 adds several new features, including support for replication to MySQL databases running on Windows and Linux operating systems, and support for replicating from Oracle RAC databases.
It also added support for the latest releases of several other databases, including Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and the latest release of databases from Teradata and Informix, which is owned by IBM. Lastly, Vision has added support for the latest operating systems these source and target databases run on, including IBM i, AIX, Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.
The company now offers full replication (to and from) support for DB2 for i, DB2 for LUW, Informix, SQL Server, Oracle DB, Oracle RAC, and Sybase running on IBM i, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, Windows, SuSE Linux, Red Hat Linux, and IBM Linux for Power. It only supports MySQL and Teradata as target databases; you cannot replicate any data from them, only to them.
Other new features include the capability to automatically create target tables to accelerate implementation; enhancements to the handling of database joins to simplify administration; security enhancements and support for the TLS 1.2 encryption standard; and support for Java 8.
MIMIX Share remains a critical part of Vision Solutions’ strategy going forward, says Vision EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Ed Vesely. “It plays very well in the open systems,” he told IT Jungle earlier this year. “We have large customers … that take as many as 25 different servers coming from sources like Oracle RAC and move them to IBM i for analytics and processing.”
“We have a great list of customers,” Vision EVP and CTO Alan Arnold said. “We have a huge list of customers who are marquee names and use that technology every day for mission critical solutions in their environments.”